Isabel DeBre '18 explores what it means to be visible and have a voice through the Tenderloin Opera Company, a theater and music group telling the story of homelessness in Rhode island.
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Stefanie Kaufman ’17 was a typical teenager until the day her friend Brittany committed suicide. Here she talks about her work creating Project LETS, a suicide prevention organization focused on erasing the stigma around mental health and self harm.
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Tara is founder of the Brown University Brain Bee, co-founder of BruNotes, co-president of Brown Alzheimer’s Activists, and a volunteer for Partnerships for Adult Learning (PAL) and Home and Hospice Care of RI (HHCRI). She is also the recipient of this year's Yat K. Tow Prize at the Swearer Center for Public Service. She's been busy, but takes a moment in her final days at Brown to reflect on what it's all meant.
Samantha Reback ‘16 is a Community Fellow for the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, and a student in “Learning About Learning,” a Swearer-sponsored Education class in which students volunteer in local schools and reflect on their experiences.
Leigh is a Facilitator for SHAPE (Sexual Health Advocacy through Peer Education), an organization that provides sexual health and wellness education to students at the Met High School.
TRI-Lab is a new initiative with the Swearer Center that combines teaching, research, and impact. In the Climate Change and Environmental Justice Lab, students on the communications team learn that the road to a meaningful project is not always a smooth ride.
We’re representatives from No Vacancy, one of three student groups in the Swearer Center’s Teaching, Research, and Impact Lab (TRI-Lab) on climate change and environmental justice. TRI-Lab is an engaged research program that allows students, faculty, and community members to collectively study and address social issues in the Providence area. For this particular TRI-Lab on climate justice issues, researchers are working on increasing resilience in the West End area of Providence.
The Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Program (OLEEP) is a partnership between Brown University and the MET High School that started in 1997. Through small group mentoring, weekly environmental science workshops in the school and community, and camping and backpacking trips, the program works to develop leadership skills and a community in which Brown and MET students can learn from each other.